Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
I did put on my Dr. Google stethoscope and find lots of info about it. Here's just a little:
Types and Symptoms
All pelvic floor disorders are essentially hernias, in which tissue protrudes abnormally because another tissue is weakened. The different types of pelvic floor disorders are named according to the organ affected. Often, a woman has more than one type. In all types, the most common symptom is a feeling of heaviness or pressure in the area of the vagina—a feeling that the uterus, bladder, or rectum is dropping out. Symptoms tend to occur when the woman is upright and to disappear when she is lying down. For some women, sexual intercourse is painful. Mild cases may not cause symptoms until a woman is older.
Other than surgery, the only thing that can be done is strengthen the muscles around the vagina. So do your Kegel exercises, ladies!
Yesterday I did one of my least favorite things: I went to a new vadge doctor. I'm sure I'm not alone in my hatred of this process. I have been exposed to a wide range of gynecological attentions with wildly varying degrees of professionalism and competence, so I truly never know what to expect. Some highlights:
1) My first visit to the gyney, through which I cried the entire time, and during which the doctor pretty much just ignored my distress (and all parts of me except my vadge)
2) My soft spoken and intensely awkward first male doctor, who seemed embarrassed of his job
3) My well meaning but only partially competent school clinician, whose assistant once lectured me about how I should focus on my studies rather than engage in sexual activity
4) The ER doc who assured me that the burning sensation was a normal side effect of dry winter climates and not indicative of any disease or infection, and who also thanked me for my candor about my masturbation habits
5) My last doctor, who, after my first and only visit to her, promptly moved her practice to upstate New York, generously inviting all interested patients to travel to her clinic if they'd like (wow, THANKS, lady!!!!)
6) And finally, Dr. KB (abbreviated to protect the innocent), my new and favorite of them all
Dr. KB has the most efficient office staff I have ever met. Those of you who know me understand why this is meaningful to me. She is kind, pleasant, adorable, and puts a lovely, fluffy pillow on the exam table.
She is all business, but not rushed or harried; she is competent without being condescending; and she puts her patients at ease without being schmaltzy or sentimental about the vadge. She is, in short, my new hero.
Dr. KB, I wear your uniform with pride!
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Check out this rad illustration you can get on a t-shirt. Hmmm, seems to me Oval may figure out what she's getting for her birthday!
This Adrienne Rich quote is a shout out to all ya'll to kick off 2008.
"The most notable fact our culture imprints on women is the sense of our limits. The most important thing one woman can do for another is to illuminate and expand her sense of actual possibilities"
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
The silence is DEAFENING. THAT'S WHY CAPS ARE AWESOME-- I AM PRETTY SURE SOMEONE'S GOT TO BE HEARING ME RIGHT NOW.
Tina Fey on mocking Paris Hilton on Howard Stern’s radio show: “I regret sinking down to that level of discourse. But Paris is a terrible role model and a terrible young woman. She needs to be ignored. I work with people who have 12-, 13-, 14-year-old girls who are fascinated by her. They look up to her, and that’s not great. You can buy videotapes in which you can see her bejanis.”